by Joe Tracy, Editor of Theme Park Magazine
Chiapas – DIE Wasserbahn is a unique log flume ride at Phantasialand in Brühl, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. The ride is different from most log rides because it goes forward, and backward, has three drops, and does two track switches. Chiapas takes the rider on an adventure through a Mexican archeological site where treasures are being discovered.
Chiapas Log Ride Video
This ride video, taken in 2020, comes courtesy of the Pleasure Beach Experience YouTube channel. The videographer filmed the ride on a freezing day in January, the benefit being very short lines:
Chiapas, DIE Wasserbahn History
Chiapas is a hybrid log flume and water coaster that opened on April 1, 2014, in the Mexico area of Phantasialand. The ride interweaves with the Colorado Adventure roller coaster for some added entertainment. Two other water rides (Stonewash and Wildwash Creek) were demolished to make room for Chiapas. Intamin Amusement Rides designed it.
Several aspects of the ride help make it unique among log flume and roller coaster rides:
- It has the steepest drop for a log flume ride at 53°.
- There are two track changes during the ride.
- The ride goes forward and, in one section, backward.
- The ride has its own soundtrack album you can buy with scoring by the world-renowned IMAscore team.
Year Opened: 2014
Ride Time: nearly 6 minutes
Ride Length: 2,040 feet
Capacity: 6 people per log
Musical Score: IMAscore
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About Joe Tracy
Joe Tracy is the founder and editor of Theme Park Magazine, launched on June 1, 2021. Like many others, his passion for theme parks and themed experiences started in childhood and never faded. Joe has over two decades of experience in the print and online publishing industry.